31 Crosby St., Nolita
With top-notch surf beaches in Rockaway and nearby Jersey, New York is something of a surfer's destination, though you wouldn't think it in the middle of Manhattan on Crosby Street. And this brand of casual men's clothing, from t-shirts and shorts to lived in sweatshirts for wearing post-surf, is a kind of destination in itself. Guys come to lust over the surfboards, the photographs by young artists displayed on the walls, and stay for an espresso at the in-house bar. There's now a location in the West Village, too.
45 Great Jones St., Nolita
Resurrection's stores in Los Angeles and New York are whitewashed, airy spaces with mid-century furniture scattered throughout. And then, of course, there’s the clothes. Owners Katy Rodriguez and Mark Haddawy gather all the greats like Lacroix, Valentino, and Westwood with an eye for some of their more colorful, over the top designs—though there are plenty of beautiful gowns and dresses here that don't scream costume.
269 Elizabeth St., Nolita
As the jewelry extension of the East Village tattoo parlor, New York Adorned, you might expect that the jewelry here would be of the skull and crossbones variety. But it's actually gorgeous, and for the most part, dainty: There are sapphire studded earrings from UK-based designer Polly Wales, tourmaline slab necklaces by Lola Brooks, and diamond rings in the shape of mini-crescents by Anna Sheffield. They also have an excellent—and unexpected—range of home goods and gifts. There's a new outpost in Los Angeles, and a great shop in the Hamptons.
Creatures of Comfort
205 Mulberry St., Nolita
This popular Los Angeles transplant is drawing a similarly devoted clientele in New York, thanks to its cool, light-filled location and artful mix of lines like Acne and Rachel Comey. While the store is an experience, their online store is just as well-stocked.
52 Prince St., Nolita
At McNally, you're greeted by several tables piled high with the latest arrivals and the staff's most recent recommendations, which is a smart place to start. The rest of the shop is easy to navigate and bustling, plus there's a coffee shop where you can enjoy your purchases and a self-publishing press should you have the urge. We're tempted to join the monthly book clubs, on a variety of themes. Photo: Yvonne Brooks
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